Evening snackers or a perfect companion for road trips, Makhanas are a perfect blend of taste and health. These tiny balls are packets of energy and come with a host of health benefits.
They are also referred to as lotus seeds or fox nuts which is derived from Euryale ferox plants. They are largely grown consumed in Asia and are often used in medicines to treat various conditions. Its strong nutritional value also make it a good choice to consume during fasting.
Here are some health benefits of Makhane-
Packed with nutrients: Makhana is filled with calcium, protein, fibre, magnesium, iron and phosphorus which help to protect your immunity system from foreign compounds. It also supports your bone health, controls blood pressure and maintains cholesterol levels.
High in antioxidants: Makhanas are a rich source of antioxidants. Consuming them regularly can protect you against chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. It also helps in controlling inflammatory conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease.
Promotes heart health: Makhana extract can help in controlling cholesterol and triglyceride levels, thus improving heart health.
Improve blood sugar: consuming makhana may help in controlling blood sugar levels but more human research is required to find it as an alternate to diabetes management medication.
Anti-ageing properties: Eating makhanas can improve skin quality and their elasticity because of antioxidants and amino acids present in them.
Now that we have gone over the health benefits of Makhana, let us look at some ways to consume them-
Roasted makhanas are every household's favourite recipe. Generally, makhanas are soft, but it is tempting to munch on something crunchy try roasted makhana with some flavourful spices. Here is what you need to prepare them: serving(2-3) unit- 3 cups makhana, ¼ teaspoon of Haldi/ turmeric powder, ½ teaspoon of laal Mirchi/ red chilli powder, as per your requirement, 1 teaspoon chaat masala or as per your requirement, rock salt (edible and food grade) as per your requirement, 2 to 3 teaspoon ghee.
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it is one of the delicious dishes of the club with roti and rice for a full meal. The best thing it is gluten-free and easy to prepare.
Here are the ingredients you need to prepare makhana curry: serving: (4) units, Garam Masala powder - 1 tsp, Cumin seeds - ¼ tsp, Oil - 2 tbsp, Salt - to taste, Coriander leaves - for garnish, Red chilli powder - 2 tsp, Coriander powder - 1 tbsp, Turmeric powder - ½ tsp, Onion - 1 large, Ginger - 1-inch piece, Cashew nuts - 5 whole, Phool Makhana or lotus seeds - 2 cups, Peas - ½ cup and Tomato Puree - 1 cup
You can also add makhana to different types of halwa like gajar ka halwa, moong dal halwa and panjiri. Try out these dishes and let us know your experience in the comment section.